Singer Demi Lovato is speaking out for the first time since an overdose that left her hospitalized in 2018. At the Teen Vogue summit, she opened up about how social media bullying has affected her.
“I think it’s been a very introspective year for me. I’ve learned a lot, been through a lot,” Lovato, 27, said at the Teen Vogue Summit in Los Angeles over the weekend. The “Confident” singer confessed that she’s still struggling at times to accept her body, an idea she said was much different from the concept of body positivity.
“We hear the term body positivity all the time. To be honest, I don’t always feel positive about my body,” Demi Lovato said.
“Sometimes I do not like what I see. I don’t sit there and dwell on it. I also don’t lie to myself,” she said. “I used to look in the mirror if I was having a bad body image day and say ‘I love my body, you’re beautifully and wonderfully made.’ But I didn’t believe it. I don’t have to lie to myself and tell myself I have an amazing body. All I have to say is ‘I’m healthy.’
In that statement, I express gratitude. I am grateful for my strength and things I can do with my body. I am saying I’m healthy and I accept the way my body is today without changing anything.” Demi Lovato, who has been open about her struggles with bulimia, says she took the entire month of October off from the gym because she realized her relationship with exercise wasn’t healthy.
“For so many years I dealt with an eating disorder. What I wasn’t ever open with myself about was, whenever I was in the gym I was doing it to an unhealthy extreme,” she admitted. “I think that’s what led me down a darker path — I was still engaging in these behaviors. Embracing my body as it is naturally is why I took the month of October off the gym.” “What I see in the mirror [is] someone that’s overcome a lot. I’ve been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter. I don’t see a championship winner, but I see a fighter and someone who is going to continue to fight no matter what is thrown their way. I have a lot of confidence now because I have said the things I believe in. I know I can hold my own on a first date with someone, in a conversation with someone. That’s what I see when I look in the mirror — a strong woman.”
“Over the past five years I’ve learned life is not worth living unless you’re living for yourself. If you’re trying to be someone you’re not, or you’re trying to please other people, it’s not going to work out in the long run. If you want to dye your hair purple, dye your hair purple,” she said. If you want to love someone of the same sex, love someone of the same sex. Be yourself and don’t be afraid of what people think.”